Yoga Pose Breakdown: Ardha Chandrasana, Half Moon

Sanskrit Name: Ardha Chandrasana (are-dah chan-DRAHS-anna)
Ardha = Half
Chandra = Glittering, Shining, Hue of Light or the Moon

Get Started: 
:: Begin in Warrior II or Triangle Pose with your right foot in front
:: Slowly shift your weight into your right foot, as you begin to lift your left foot
:: Plant your right hand about a foot in front of your right foot, six inches to the outside
:: Option to come on to your right finger tips or use a block or allow your fingers to float
:: Stack your left hip over your right
:: Engage your all four points of both feet
:: Both legs should be as straight as possible
:: Open your heart to the sky
:: Take the wrinkles out of your neck
:: Bring a microbend to your right knee
:: Gaze forward or at the sky

Benefits: Half Moon strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs and buttocks, while stretching the groins, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine. It improves coordination, sense of balance and digestion. It also helps relieve stress. 

Contradictions: Be careful practicing this pose if you have a headache, low blood pressure, diarrhea or imsomnia. If you have neck problems, look straight ahead and keep both sides of the neck long. 

Know your Asana: After you master this pose, try practicing Chapasana by grabbing your foot with your right hand.